Don’t miss this valuable series of talks by sustainability and post-disaster rebuilding experts that took place last year at swissnex San Francisco as part of the U.S.-wide program ThinkSwiss-Brainstorm the Future. The in-depth talks shed light on complex issues regarding the rebuilding process, addressing best practices, sustainability guidelines and citing case studies such as post-earthquake Haiti and post-tsunami Indonesia.

The event “looks at what it takes to recover from disaster with presentations and a panel discussion on sustainable reconstruction, from environmental and safety considerations to socio-cultural and housing issues. Priscilla Phelps, from TCG International, outlines what sustainable post-disaster reconstruction really means. Jennifer Duyne Barenstein, from the World Habitat Research Centre at the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, highlights the role of socio-cultural issues and community in reconstruction. Elizabeth Hausler, founder of BuildChange, discusses the environmental and safety factors of rebuilding. And architect Alex Salazar illustrates some of the worst and best practices of post-disaster housing.”

If you have the time, it’s worth watching the entire stream of talks in the embedded video above, or if you’d rather skip to specific chapters and find out more about the speakers, head over to

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